Prescription drugs cause over 100,000 deaths per year and cause another 1.5 million people to experience side effects so severe they must be hospitalized.
One of the reasons for this is that many of these drugs are rushed through approval before the drugs patent runs out, leaving not enough time for adequate testing and causing a host of problems among the public.
Some of these medications have serious side- effects and affect the brain tissue and lead to memory loss. Here are the 3 categories known to cause memory loss and cognitive problems:
1. Sleeping Pills
The medical experts claim that the most common side effect of sleeping pills is both short and long term memory loss. Well, a recent study has found that all sleeping pills produce some level of impaired memory and performance. These medications actually suppress the action potentials of a wide variety of brain cells and reduce our alertness, vigilance, and judgement. You should also know that sleeping pills have been known to create a state similar to “blacking out”, which occurs when a person has too much alcohol in their system and are unable to recall previous events due to damaged brain cells.
2. Statin drugs
Many studies have shown that cholesterol-lowering drugs lead to memory loss. Moreover, the FDA has recently started to recommend monitoring of the use of these medications.
The use of these drugs lead to an inability to focus, and the person thinks that he/she has forgotten something.
3. The “Anti” Drugs
Drugs such as antihistamines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antibiotics, antispasmodics, or antihypertensives, inhibit the activity of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which plays a critical role in memory and cognitive function.
Unfortunately, many of these drugs are available over the counter, therefore causing even further damage to those who have not had proper doses measured out for them
– For Parkinson’s- glycopyrrolate, atropine, or scopolamine
– Drugs for high blood pressure
– Painkillers: heroin, morphine, codeine
– Sleeping pills
– Drugs for epilepsy- Dilantin and phenytoin
– Chemotherapy drugs
– Getting lost
– Undergoing sudden changes in mood or behavior, or
– Having difficulty following directions
– Asking the same questions repeatedly
– Forgetting common words when speaking
Then it may be time to discuss finding a new form of treatment with your doctor. The good news is that often these side effects are temporary and will lessen and eventually stop once the medication is removed.
So, the sooner you start making healthier lifestyle choices to improve your health, the faster you can get off these detrimental meds. Eat a diet rich in brain-boosting nutrients, stay active and focus on positive thoughts!